Introduction to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Martin Pring became the first European to explore the area that is now known as Portsmouth when he visited the region in 1603. Settled in 1630, the town was originally known as Strawberry Banke because of the abundance of wild strawberries along the Piscataqua River. After its official incorporation in 1653, the current name was adopted in honor of the colony’s founder, John Mason, who was the captain of the port of Portsmouth, England.
Portsmouth and nearby Attractions
- USS Albacore Museum & Park
- Warner House Museum
- Jackson House Museum
- Tobias Lear House Museum
- Wentworth - Gardner House Museum
- Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
Things To Do In Portsmouth
Portsmouth offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. The USS, a U.S. Navy submarine converted into a museum, is a popular local tourist spot. Music Hall hosts musical acts, theater, dance and cinema performances. Local celebrations include the Chowder Festival and the NH Film Festival.
Air transportation facilities are available from Pease International Airport.
Portsmouth Higher Education
The University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College and the University of New England-University Campus provide facilities for higher education.